A multi-scale computational model for multiphase flow in porous media

Michael Anthony Celia, Harihar Rajaram, Lin A. Ferrand

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Abstract

Computational models of multiphase flow in porous media can be developed to describe processes at several different length scales. These include traditional continuum-scale models, ranging in application from the laboratory scale to the field scale, and pore-scale models. Each of these models may be seen as part of a scale hierarchy. As such, they may be used in a hierarchical sequence with output from smaller-scale models serving as input to larger-scale models. This gives rise to the concept of multi-scale computational models. A combination of pore-scale and field-scale models may be seen as an example of a multi-scale model. Such a model fits naturally into parallel computing environments, and may provide a computationally feasible approach for realistic incorporation of material heterogeneities in multiphase flow simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-92
Number of pages12
JournalAdvances in Water Resources
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Water Science and Technology

Keywords

  • length scale
  • multi-scale model
  • multiphase flow
  • numerical simulation
  • parallel computing

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